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Since 2010 rumors and reports had it that Hyundai was targeting Toyota with a dedicated “Prius fighter,” and its Ioniq trio is finally preparing for first retail deliveries. Debuted last March in New York, the Ioniq which saw its first media drive this week comes in a regular hybrid version, and plug-in hybrid, and a […]

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The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid competes closely with others in the midsized hybrid sedan class, and stands apart uniquely in one important way. Actually there are a few features that distinguish the fully redesigned car introduced for sale last fall, but its six-speed automatic transmission is a relative anomaly some drivers will prefer over a […]

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Just six years ago when the first major manufacturer plug-in electrified vehicles were experimentally launched, who knew that by now there’d be more plug-ins for sale in the U.S. than more-established regular hybrids? What began with the extended range 2011 Chevy Volt and all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf after Tesla’s 2008 Roadster blazed the path has […]

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Chevrolet says its Bolt EV has “cracked the code” toward far greater acceptance for an electric car, but whether it can sell in far greater volume is an open question. How does one define “crack the code?” It’s akin to saying the Bolt EV hits the key wish list requests of many more fence-sitting consumers […]

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Last month the equivalent of the sun not rising happened in the U.S. hybrid market: Toyota’s Prius Liftback did not finish the month with the most sales. Since last decade, the Prius has been the proverbial king of the hybrid market, and in recent years its monthly sales regularly doubled or tripled those of the […]

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Are you a good writer with solid capabilities in journalism, environmental issues, and sustainable transportation? If so, this website is growing and in need of a U.S.-based freelance writer to post daily alternative-energy transportation focused news briefs. Opportunities for advancement for the right person could follow, but for now we’re open to experienced or inexperienced […]

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is an entertaining yet practical car that happens to be all electric. That’s at least one overarching impression following a 100-mile drive around San Francisco last week in the 238-mile range compact crossover that nets for under $30,000 after a federal tax credit. While inevitable critics will poke at things they […]

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Automakers are on the cusp of seeing consumer demand grow sizably for electric cars, but they’re being stifled by competition from conventional powertrains, automation, and mobility services. This is according to a new global consumer study by McKinsey & Co. that points to strategies global automakers can adopt to tap into these market trends and […]

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It turns out that the Chevrolet Bolt EV is better at slipping through the air during high speed driving than earlier reports had indicated. When the Chevrolet Bolt’s 217-mile highway range estimate was published last September it surprised many who thought its boxy aerodynamics would drag down its efficiency at speed. After all, the car’s […]

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There’s something to be said for Tesla’s Model S which for the second consecutive year led as the world’s best-selling plug-in passenger vehicle. Its estimated 50,931 global sales in 2016 – pending final confirmation from Tesla – beats those of battery electric and plug-in hybrid alternatives from major manufacturers costing less and aimed at an […]

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